This chapter approaches global justice from the perspective of basic social rights for migrants. While universal rights are enshrined in international agreements and the European legal framework, the services and benefits must be offered by the relevant nation-state. We look at the case of non-removed rejected asylum seekers (NRAS) in EU member states to show if and to what extent basic social rights for this group are substantially implemented, or whether they are coming under pressure and losing ground in a time of increasing anti-asylum politics. Social rights for irregular migrants and NRAS are situated between liberal norms and national logics of representative politics. Processes of renationalization, expressed in restrictions on asylum procedures and repressive accommodation practices, dismantle access to social rights. However, there are various subnational actors, movements and initiatives who are fighting for the social rights of ‘others’. While these constitute interventions in specific localities and in public discourse, we conclude that, from the perspective of global justice, it is essential to strengthen human rights institutions in order to maintain fundamental rights for all.
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